I’m going to Maryland for a week, where it’s much further on in the season already. So I’ll miss some New England day-by-day spring (what is the word for that again? Not phylogeny, but like that…calendar-of-incremental-seasonal-change-in-the-landscape?).
Whatever it’s called, here’s some of what I’ve seen in the last 10 days:
–Bluebirds, juncos, purple and house finches, and song sparrows singing, and redwing blackbirds back in force.
–Male-to-male aggression behavior in juncos and robins.
–Early nest-location-oriented behavior in cardinals.
–Skunk cabbage and False Hellebore (Veratrum viride, one of the most poisonous plants in North America) emerging from the swamps.
–Red maple, spicebush, and willow buds swelling and changing color (and stems changing color in the maple and willow).
–Yesterday: heard woodcocks calling at dusk and saw my first deer tick of the year!
Every day is bringing new things at this point. What else is out there?